New 2.0-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine sparks change in the badging of some Volvo models
7 May 2010

Volvo is rolling out a series of new and uprated engines and a new engine designation system for its 2011 model year range.

The company’s new 2.0-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine will now replace the old 133bhp four-cylinder unit. It achieves Euro 5 emissions standards and will be available in all Volvo models, apart from the XC90.

Volvo says the new 2.0D engine in 147bhp form (and 160bhp form for the S80, V70, XC70 and XC60) will be badged D3, and in 173bhp form will be badged D4.

The C30, S40 and V50 models are now available with a new 1.6-litre, 113bhp diesel, which is badged D2.

Volvo has also tweaked the twin-turbo D5 diesel and T6 turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The 201bhp D5's CO2 emissions drop from 183g/km to 174g/km. The T6 unit gets an 18bhp hike to 298bhp and 324lb ft from 2100rpm. Despite this, the T6’s CO2 emissions drop from 274g/km to 249g/km.

A new ES trim replaces the S trim level and the XC60 range gets an updated model range running from ES to SE, SE Lux and R-design.

Hilton Holloway

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7 May 2010

Que? This alphabet soup of model designations is as clear as mud. What is wrong with having a Volvo 70 2 litre turbo diesel estate. At least that is comprehensible!

7 May 2010

I guess they have to drop the Ford engines now - and this re-naming follows the original Volvo D5 name. I guess the idea is now to lose any idea about the size or power of the engine, just to make it Diesel size 2, size 3, size 4, size 5 or Petrol size 6.

I can see the point of this - new emissions regs will move us to smaller and smaller engines so they stop being a marketing plus point.

Will the smaller petrol engines get named the same way?

7 May 2010

Cool, or whatever - now I want autocar to drive something with the new D5, D3, D2 engines etc. I'd noticed on buyacar these changes maybe a week ago - did buyacar get exclusive access or are autocar off their game?


7 May 2010

What's happened to the existing 2.4D single turbo 175BHP motor?

7 May 2010

This is old news. These changes were announced around the 1st April together with the 2011 Model Year changes.

7 May 2010

So it's Volvo then who are going to save us from 4 cylinder mediocrity.

Just think how much better Ford diesels would be if they flushed the PSA crud and put Volvo's new 2.0 and 2.4 5 pots in.

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